Recently, Amazon Games announced - again - an MMO game set in the world of The Lord of the Rings. The game is supposed to be only in the prototype stage, but the developers are already assuring that it will be supported for at least a decade.
Ten years of support is an impressive plan, although it's less than the sixteen years that recently passed since the release of The Lord of the Rings Online - the first MMORPG set in the universe created by J.R.R Tolkien, which has a loyal fan base and is still being developed today.
However, with the upcoming competition from Amazon, fans began to raise the legitimate question, "what's next for our already venrable MMO?". The developers decided to calm the moods with a post on the official forum of LotRO:
"During the past few days, we’ve received a number of notes from excited and concerned community members about a new MMO coming to the Tolkien-verse from Amazon Games.
Some folks have asked what this means for LOTRO. We wanted to give everyone in the community an update and assure you all that LOTRO is not going away!
Like you, we, and our partners at Middle-earth Enterprises are huge fans of LOTRO. It is beloved, it is sixteen, it is evergreen. LOTRO is like the long-lived Ents, Elves and Dwarves; and we mere mortals, are the stewards of LOTRO and its community. Standing Stone has every intention of growing and supporting this community. The road goes ever on..."
It seems, therefore, that regardless of Amazon's plans for the MMO set in the world of The Lord of the Rings, The Lords of the Rings Online will remain alive for a dedicated group of fans.